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Queens birthday honours Monday, 14 June, 1999, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
HIV workers awarded honours
Professor Michael Adler
Professor Michael Adler is made a CBE
Two leading figures in the fight against HIV and Aids have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Professor Michael Adler, chairman of the National Aids Trust and Professor of Genito-urinary Medicine at University College, London, has been made a CBE.

Nicholas Partridge, chief executive of Europe's largest HIV charity, The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), is made an OBE.

Queens Birthday Honours
Professor Adler has been a leading figure in the development of health promotion and treatment schemes for HIV patients, including needle exchange projects to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus among drug misusers.

He was also a key figure in persuading Diana, Princess of Wales to champion the cause of HIV and Aids sufferers.

He has also been prominent in the campaign to raise public awareness of the disease, and to put the subject on the political agenda.

He said: "One of the problems about Aids is that it has been very marginalised as an issue.

"This award is recognition that Aids is now a mainstream branch of medicine, and recognition of the work people have done to de-stigmatise it."

Mr Partridge, who has been THT chief executive since 1991, is the first person working in the voluntary sector of the HIV field to be made an OBE.

He said: "It is public recognition of all the hard work which THT's staff and volunteers have contributed to improving the lives of people with HIV and Aids.

"But, although we have achieved much, there is still no cure or vaccine for this terrible disease. THT's work is as vital now as it was in 1982."

'Tobacco danger'

Sir Richard Peto
Sir Richard Peto is a leading cancer expert
Professor Richard Peto, director of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund's Clinical Trials Service Unit in Oxford, was awarded a knighthood.

Sir Richard has continually highlighted the dangers of tobacco. In 1975 he set up the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford University to collect information from different studies.

Sir Richard is famous for pithy sound-bites, such as "if women smoke like men, they'll die like men".

He has also won many awards for his research, including the Prix Louis Jeantet Award for Medicine in 1997 and the Fothergill Medal of the Medical Society of London last year.

Another leading figure in the fight against cancer, Dr Paul Nurse, the director general of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, was also awarded a knighthood.

Sir Paul combines his director general duties with spending half his week as a working scientist, running his own laboratory.

He is best known for his contribution to the discovery of the mechanism which controls cell division in most living organisms.

Hepatitis fight

Another key figure in the fight against viral transmission was made a CBE.

Professor Jangu Banatvala, a professor in clinical virology at St Thomas' Hospital in London, worked with the government to increase the number of hospital staff immunised against hepatitis B.

Not only could the virus cause serious liver disease and even cancer in hospital staff, but could easily be spread to patients.

He said: "There had been a few cases of hepatitis B transmission, but now uptake of the vaccine is much improved."

GPs honoured

Family doctors who were recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours include Professor Lesley Southgate, who becomes a dame commander in recognition of her work developing clinical standards in primary care.

Former Labour parliamentary candidate Dr Sam Everington has been made an OBE for his work in inner city general practice in London. Dr Everington is a leading campaigner against racism in the NHS.

Alan Baddeley, professor of psychology, University of Bristol, has been made a CBE in recognition of his work into human memory.

Consultant plastic surgeon Mr Arthur Morris, chairman of the British Medical Association Scottish Council, is made an OBE.

Irene Gillies, a district nurse at Brechin Health Centre in Angus was awarded an MBE.

A senior post mortem technician from Glasgow, Robert McNeil, has been made an MBE, for services to pathology.

In Northern Ireland, the head of the Western Health Board which co-ordinated the treatment of the victims of the Omagh terrorist bombing, and treated survivors, was also honoured.

Robert Bolton, chief executive of the board, was awarded an OBE.

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